Storing Fresh Ginger


I love to make Asian food, and I like to make it with fresh ginger. I buy a big chunk of ginger root from the market, but have wasted a lot in the past. I found if I blanch the root in boiling water, peel it using the edge of a spoon (I use a grapefruit spoon), then freeze the chunk in a zip lock bag (Be sure to squeeze out all the air), I have fresh ginger whenever I want.


I take out the frozen chunk and grate the amount I need with a microplane, then pop it back into the bag and refreeze. Lasts till I use it up. Works great for really nice ginger cookies too.

By Christine from Los Osos, CA

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July 26, 2013

I use ginger a lot. It's not easy to peel and dice or grate, so I hit upon a way to make it easier. I keep it in the freezer and grate it without peeling. The frozen peel plus the inside crumble instantly.

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July 20, 2009

What is the best way to store fresh ginger?

By Joan Wicklas


July 22, 20090 found this helpful

Freeze the sucker! You can easily grate the root even frozen and get even a finer consistency than you would grating it fresh. Just wash off the dirt and leave on the peeling. The peeling will grate just fine. And you definitely won't be losing any nutrients that way.

If you insist on cutting it into fine pieces, just defrost in the microwave for ten seconds. It will be soft enough to cut with a sharp knife. Then simply refreeze.

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July 22, 20090 found this helpful

I peel the ginger and store it in a jar filled with cooking wine in the refrigerator. That way the cooking wine has ginger flavor when I use it and the ginger stays fresh for a long time.

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July 22, 20090 found this helpful

I am sure that the freezing would be fine, but for the normal smaller amount that I try to always have on hand, I use a safe plastic storage container, put enough cold water in it to cover the piece of ginger, sprinkle a few good shakes of salt into the water and stir to dissolve. Place the ginger in the container, close lid tightly. After a week or ten days, check on the ginger, and replace the water & salt to keep fresh longer.

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July 22, 20090 found this helpful

I cut it into chunks and freeze it. I use mine in smoothies so chunks are fine.

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July 22, 20090 found this helpful

The best way to store fresh ginger is to freeze it, unpeeled. It will last almost forever. Then just wash and grate the amount you need and stick back into freezer.

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How do I store fresh ginger and for how long?

By A. M.


September 27, 20140 found this helpful

Try coating it lightly with paraffin wax, then peel before you use it. Keep until it looks kind of dry and wrinkly.

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December 22, 20141 found this helpful

Keep it in the freezer. It grates easily frozen.

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September 15, 20150 found this helpful

All about Ginger

Did you know that ginger is not only good for making Asian and Indian Recipes, it has medicinal properties too? It has been uses for thousands of years for stomach problems. It is excellent for helping people that are going through chemotherapy. You can chew on the root , or eat small pieces of candied ginger, or make a tea with it.
For storage it can be dried in a oven and made into a powder
Here are some websites to help you find what you might be looking for:
~7 Health Benefits of Ginger, By Linda B. White, MD, Published Dec 23, 2014

~10 Healing Benefits of Ginger ~

~Ginger Tea Recipe~

~Candied Ginger Recipe~

~Ginger Powder How to Make it~

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